Friday, 21 August 2009

37 ~ The one where it was a special day

Ello ello ello, long time no blog post!

I just wanted to quickly write in here as today is a special day...I have officially been in remission for ONE YEAR!!!!!! Wohooo!!

Can't believe it's been a year already, it feels like it was only yesterday but then at the same time it feels like it was forever ago. Very strange.

I am 20 now! Also, I was diagnosed 1 year, 9 months and 1 day ago!

Things are going really well, my check ups are every 8 weeks and so far everything has been good. I no longer see my oncologist, Dr Tahir (boo hoo) but I guess that's a good sign!
My consultant (Mr Pace) just checks my neck and puts the camera up my nose and down my throat every time I go. My appointments only take 10 minutes now!
My next check up is on the 3rd September.

I have a 24 hour ECG arranged for the 10th September (I think) to check to see if my heart was damaged by the chemo. I do get some irregular beats sometimes but I don't know if it's because of the chemo, my Doctor just wants to check anyway so we'll see how that goes.

My immune system is still a bit rubbish, I seem to get all of the bugs/colds these days! But I can deal with that :) I also feel tired more than I used to (before cancer)...but I will take tiredness and bugs over cancer any day!! lol

My hair is quite long now (see pic, it was taken last Sunday) and the burns on my neck are barely noticeable. Still have a few funny tan lines! Sometimes they're not noticeable at all but it depends on what colour top I wear, lol.
I've lost a bit of weight (thank goodness!!!!!!), I know I've lost 20lbs since March this year but since I finished treatment I'm guessing it's more than that.

My voice is doing alright, I still can't shout or sing but that doesn't matter. If I ever have kids they'll think they're so lucky that their Mum can't shout at them! lol.
I have a speech therapy appointment for next week as I've been having a bit of trouble saying words like taxi, Pete. etc - especially when I'm outside. I can't seem to get the power behind my voice to say the first part of words like that. I guess I'll get given some exercises to do and I'll just have to keep practicing!

I think that's all I have to say really - it has been really weird writing in here. I have missed it actually.

*Edited to add*
Just a quick request, I have been asked by my friend Jason to ask you all for some positive vibes/prayers for his friend Scott, Scott's wife Joanne and their Daughter, Maisy. They are going through a tough time right now (with this stupid disease). Thank you.

3 comments:

  1. Hello there stranger!!! Wow how fantastic do you look, and all that hair too! I'm jealous as mine grows so slowly!

    Excellent news about the remission being a whole year. May it be forever! You deserve a bright and happy future Hayley. The world is your oyster - go get it!!!

    Big hugs to you and your mum too.

    Rosie
    xx

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  2. Woohooo! Happy one year!!!! I love all the one year days!! Congrats! Here's to many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many many more years in remission!!!! (Was that enough manys?! LOL)

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  3. Hello Girlie,you keep going onwards and upwards.Your looking lovely keep practising with the voice who knows you might end up like kathleen jenkins(aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh).

    Well Done

    xx val

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